Russia on Wednesday denied arranging any meeting between lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and US President Donald Trump’s eldest son, reported AP. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the had Kremlin never contacted publicist Rob Goldstone and his father, developer Aras Agalarov, to broker a meeting between Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr.
Veselnitskaya, too, has also denied any links to the Russian government, according to The Guardian. She told NBC that she had not gone to Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, with any information about the Clinton campaign. “It’s quite possible that maybe they were looking for such information, they wanted it so badly,” she claimed.
In the email that Trump Jr had released on Tuesday, publicist Goldstone wrote that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” was willing to support the Trump campaign with “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]”. Donald Trump Jr had replied to the email, welcoming the offer. “If it’s what you say, I love it,” he had written.
On Monday, Donald Trump Jr had admitted to meeting Veselnitskaya, but said that no “meaningful information” was revealed.
The alleged Russian meddling
President Trump is being investigated for his alleged role in Russian meddling in the November 2016 US election. He has dismissed claims that his campaign associates had colluded with Moscow.
On July 8, a day after Trump met Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had said that the US president had “accepted Putin’s clear statements” about Kremlin’s non-interference with the presidential elections.